Wake Forest choirs to perform contemporary American music

The Wake Forest University Concert Choir, Collegium Vocal Ensemble and Wake Forest Chorale will present a concert titled “American Spirit: A Celebration of New American Choral Music, 1991-2001” at 8 p.m. on Oct. 24 in Brendle Recital Hall.

With the Concert Choir, guest guitarist Jeffrey Van and Wake Forest guitarist Patricia Dixon will perform the cantata, “A Procession Winding Around Me,” based on Walt Whitman’s poetry. The Concert Choir will also sing the North Carolina premiere of “A Sprig of Rosemary,” a short a cappella work by Van based on text by Amy Lowell.

The Concert Choir and the Wake Forest Chorale will also sing music by established American choral composers Morten Lauridsen and Stephen Paulus.

The Collegium Musicum will present music by Paul Crabtree, an Oakland, Calif., composer who creates compositions that incorporate sayings from the television show, “The Simpsons.”

The three choirs will join to close the concert with Wake Forest Composer-in Residence Dan Locklair’s “For Amber Waves,” a choral composition featuring text from “America the Beautiful” and a new melody by Locklair.

Admission is free. For information, call 336-758-5364.

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